Hi all! I don't have a dx yet (appointment on 5/27); but, I suspect I may have RA (boss is a rheumatologist who doesn't see patients anymore, thinks so too).
From all of the reading I've done so far, I get the idea that RA is symetrical (is that the right word?), IOW, both hands, both knees, both wrists, etc.
Question though: does your dominant hand usually suffer worse? If I *think* about it, my fingers, wrist and hand on left side have the same problems...but I don't have to *think* about my right side at all, my right fingers, hand and elbow scream at me all day long. Does that make sense?
For example, today my fingers, wrist, and elbow of my right hand feel like they are on FIRE! I can barely use my right arm. So I have been trying to do things left handed all day (and some yesterday). I am beginning to feel a more prominent burning, throbbing, achy, swelling sensation in my left fingers, hand, wrist, elbows...but it's because I am using the left more.
I am currently taking 200mg Celebrex x2 a day....barely does anything for me. Can I take anything else? I hope to heaven that the rheummy I am going to see will give me something more (boss gave me celebrex ;-) and not just order tests! I know test have to be ordered, but man alive, it takes so much time to get in to see her that I don't want to have to wait another month or two for treatment...
Thanks for any and all thought/insights.
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